Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/22/11

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Kyle McPherson (7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Starling Marte (3-for-7, 3B, 6 RBI)

Home Runs: Chase d’Arnaud (1), Robbie Grossman (1)

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

D'Arnaud had the only Indianapolis run with a solo homer.

Box Score

Result: Toledo 7, Indianapolis 1

Starting Pitcher: Rudy Owens (5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Chase d’Arnaud (1-for-3, HR)

Notes: Rudy Owens (2-1, 2.95) had his first rough start at the AAA level, allowing four runs on seven hits in five innings, with two walks and seven strikeouts.  Blaine Boyer (27.00) made his organizational debut, allowing three runs, two earned, on one hit and three walks, getting just one out.  Garrett Olson (0.00) made his first appearance since being outrighted to AAA, throwing 1.1 shutout innings, allowing two hits.

Chase d’Arnaud (.232) had the only Indianapolis run, hitting a solo homer in the sixth inning.  Brian Friday (.214) went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.  Alex Presley (.317) went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)

Marte sent the game to extra innings with two outs and the bases loaded.

Box Score

Result: Altoona 11, Richmond 5

Starting Pitcher: Jared Hughes (5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Starling Marte (3-for-7, 3B, 6 RBI)

Notes: Check out my recap of the game here.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)

McPherson had a great outing, pitching seven shutout innings.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 4, Fort Myers 0

Starting Pitcher: Kyle McPherson (7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham (3-for-5, 3 2B)

Notes: The Bradenton Marauders got a great outing from Kyle McPherson (1-0, 1.14), who pitched seven shutout innings, allowing four hits, no walks, and striking out six.  McPherson has allowed just three runs in 23.2 innings this year, with a 22:0 K/BB ratio.  Ryan Beckman (0.00) came on to pitch two perfect innings for the save, striking out two.

Jarek Cunningham (.237) led the offense, going 3-for-5 with three doubles.  Robbie Grossman (.246) went 1-for-4 with a two run home run in the third inning, giving Bradenton a 2-0 lead.

Check out Terry Matthews’ report on McPherson from tonight.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)

West Virginia was postponed tonight.

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